Waterville area fisheries

The Waterville fisheries work area

50317 Fish Hatchery Road
Waterville, MN 56096-0086
[email protected]

A Waterville area fisheries biologist dips a largemouth bass from Lake Tetonka during a spring electrofishing survey.

A Waterville area fisheries biologist dips a largemouth bass from Lake Tetonka during a spring electrofishing survey.

Anglers who fish in Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, Blue Earth, Dodge, Freeborn, Mower, Faribault and Waseca counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Waterville area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Craig Soupir and a staff of six full-time and one part-time employee manage 120 fishing lakes and 107 rivers and streams.

These waters include popular fishing destinations such as the Cannon River Chain of Lakes, Madison Lake and Washington Lake. Each is popular for abundant panfish, largemouth bass, walleye and northern pike.


Fishing outlook

Check out our 2020 fall area newsletter, updated at the end of September, and the 2020 Waterville area fishing outlook.



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Our work

What we do

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  • Collecting and incubating up to 5 million northern pike eggs, hatching the eggs and holding fry to swim-up stage. Northern pike fry are stocked into Waterville Area lakes and rearing ponds and several lakes in the Windom and Hutchinson area.
  • Up to 75 percent of all muskellunge stocked in Minnesota pass through Waterville hatching and rearing operations at some life stage. Muskellunge are stocked in French Lake in the Waterville area as well as transported to lakes and rivers throughout the state.
  • Incubating 65 million walleye eggs and hatching 30 to 45 million walleye fry. Walleye of various life stages are stocked in Waterville area lakes and rearing ponds.
  • Managing and maintaining displays at seven county fairs during July and August, including the Steele County Fair which is one of the largest in the state.
  • Monitoring winter dissolved oxygen in up to 40 lakes and restocking lakes significantly impacted by winterkill using various fish species not produced at the hatchery including bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass and yellow perch.
  • Developing and revising fisheries management plans for 120 lakes, 107 rivers and streams and nearly 2,000 acres of Aquatic Management Areas ranging in size from less than one acre to 300 acres covering 10 miles of shoreline on 27 lakes.

Waterville staff

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Craig SoupirArea supervisor507-497-1821[email protected]
Brandon EderAssistant area supervisor507-497-1823[email protected]
Andrew ScholtenFisheries specialist - hatchery507-497-1824[email protected]
Skyler WigenFisheries specialist507-497-1825[email protected]
Tyler FellowsFisheries specialist507-497-1826[email protected]
Peter MuggliFisheries technician507-497-1827[email protected]
Tanya HankinsOffice administrative specialist507-497-1822[email protected]
Steve ShroyerFisheries research scientist507-497-1833[email protected]
Dale LogsdonFisheries research biologist507-497-1832[email protected]